16 February 2011

Who is Phil Younghusband?

Philip James Placer "Phil" Younghusband , known as Phil Younghusband, one of the Azkals' most talked about players, topped the list of Google Philippines' newsmakers last week since the team Azkals won over  Mongolia Blue Wolves in the Panaad Stadium.

Phil Younghusband was born on 4 August 1987, an English–Filipino footballer who plays as a forward. He spent two years unattached between 2008 and 2010 after being released by Chelsea but he continues to be involved with the Philippines national team.

Younghusband was born in Ashford, Middlesex, England and the son of English Philip James Younghusband and Filipino Susan Placer. His brother James Younghusband also plays for The Philippines National Team.

He plays as a striker and turned professional in March 2005, having been at Chelsea since the age of nine. Younghusband was the youth team's top scorer in the 2003–04 season and made his first reserve start in November 2004. In the 2004–05 he was the youth team's top scorer. In the 2005–06 season, Younghusband made 21 appearances for the Chelsea reserve team, including 18 starts, and scored five goals. He also made one appearance as a substitute for the Chelsea youth team.

On 30 August 2007, Younghusband signed a contract with Danish top-league club Esbjerg fB, going on loan with the Danes for the rest of the 2007–08 season but he returned to Chelsea during the January transfer window. During his time playing in the Chelsea reserves team, he scored 9 goals in 41 apps for two seasons.
In the summer of 2008, his contract with Chelsea ended and he moved to the Philippines.

He played for the Philippines Under-23 national squad in the 2005 Southeast Asian Games. Younghusband scored two goals in the Philippines 4–2 loss to Malaysia. He was part of the seniors Philippine national team. Younghusband participated in the ASEAN Football Championship and scored 6 goals in 4 appearances and ended up top scorer in the qualifiers.

Early in 2005, the Philippine Football Federation was alerted to Younghusband's eligibility by a mysterious gamer who allegedly found out about their lineage via playing Football Manager. He and his older brother, James, were eventually called up to the South-East Asian nation's football squad, amidst much fanfare. Younghusband participated in the 2005 South-East Asian Games, which was held in the Philippines, scoring two goals at the tournament.




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